Fertility preservation is the process of saving or protecting eggs, sperm, or reproductive tissue so that a person can use them to have biological children in the future.
People with certain diseases, disorders, and life events that affect fertility may benefit from fertility preservation1. These include people who:
A number of fertility-preserving options are available for men, women, and children2.
Fertility-preserving options for men include:
Fertility-preserving options for women include:
Some of these options, such as sperm, oocyte, and embryo cryopreservation, are available only to males and females who have gone through puberty and have mature sperm and eggs. However, gonadal shielding and ovarian transposition can be used for children who have not gone through puberty.
Talk to your doctor about the best fertility preservation option for you. Learn more about cancer and preserving fertility at the American Cancer Society’s Fertility and Cancer page (http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/sexualsideeffectsinwomen/index ).
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